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'Hey little rich boy, take a good look at me': punk, class and British oi!

Worley, M. ORCID: (2014) 'Hey little rich boy, take a good look at me': punk, class and British oi! Punk and Post-Punk, 3 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 2044-1983

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1386/punk.3.1.5_1


This article looks at the controversial music genre Oi! in relation to youth cultural identity in late 1970s and early 1980s Britain. By examining the six compilation albums released to promote Oi! as a distinct strand of punk, it seeks to challenge prevailing dismissals of the genre as inherently racist or bound to the politics of the far right. Rather, Oi! – like punk more generally – was a contested cultural form. It was, moreover, centred primarily on questions of class and locality. To this end, Oi! sought to realize the working-class rebellion of punk’s early aesthetic; to give substance to its street-level pretentions and offer a genuine ‘song from the streets’.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:37654
Uncontrolled Keywords:Oi!; class; culture; punk; skinhead; youth

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